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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 16, 2011 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry/JGB/Dead

Yeah UJ52,like we all said it is topic that has many possible discussion points,and I was hoping different areas would be explored,so the conversation would expand,you hit on a few good ones in your posts.Ozzie Allers was in the band for about 50 odd shows between Oct 79'-Nov 80',he played about as many solos as Jerry did,and some of his synth sounds could be irritating(like Brent),but he could play,I will add that I really don't care for keyboards,but if I have to hear them at least he ripped it up some.
What I meant about the safe style of playing Jerry had was the music never just reached out and grabbed you by the brain,like the Dead had the song portion and the more jam oriented portion,the JGB only had the song portion,and I would have loved to hear Jerry on his own explore his guitar in a more free form style,but that plays into 2 points you made,his objective for the band and playing down to his band mates level.I think the JGB was meant to be a good time music band,and the ability of his band mates was not on par with Jerry's.
I didn't want to seem hyper critical,I was just trying to say from a guy who was so creative and into all different kinds of music if you look at his output from 75'-95' project wise it was the GD,JGB,a short stint in Reconstruction,and a few acoustic projects with Grisman,compare that with his 70'-75' output with the GD,New Riders,Howard Wales projects,various bands with Merl,Old and in the Way,Legion of Mary and tons of studio work,it seems that 5 year span in the 70' was as full as the last 20 years of his life.I don't like to be the what if guy,but he was just so singular that I always wanted or expected more,which is of course unreasonable.